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Have You Received a Disconnect Notice From Verizon or AT&T Yet?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.05.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Above is the standard form letter being sent to Verizon customers in multiple states to shut off their current working copper-based telecommunication service.

#CantDoNothing: Milana Vayntrub on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Shira Lazar | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
Shira Lazar

Milana has created a powerful and thought-provoking documentary video, "Can't Do Nothing," after a vacation with her father in Greece opened her eyes to the plight of Syrian refugees risking their lives to cross the sea and find safety for their families.

AT&T's IP Transition Trials Are a Superhyped, Yet Unsuccessful, Con

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.02.2016 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T and others claim that the 'IP Transition' is to move America to advanced technology, Internet-Protocol-based services, and AT&T filed with the FCC to do two trials; one in Delray Beach, Florida and the second in Carbon Hill, Alabama.

A Millennial Wake Up Call to All Presidential Candidates

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Mark Weinstein

They just don't get it. Five zillion Presidential candidates (or so it seems) and not one in tune with what young Americans want from the Internet. Mi...

'Tell-the-Truth' Legislation and the 'Schmuck Device' Uses the 'Internet of Things'

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

As I've been tracking the providers of telecommunications networks and services, we find that these companies can pretty much say anything they want without any fear someone is going to do something about it.

Unlimited Cellphone Plans Might Be Coming Back

AP | Damon Beres | Posted 01.11.2016 | Technology

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T is once again experimenting with offering unlimited data plans to smartphone customers while promoting its DirecTV ser...

My AT&T Phone Isn't Insured After All

Christopher Elliott | Posted 01.07.2016 | Business
Christopher Elliott

Justin's phone is stolen. But no worries -- he has insurance. Oh wait, no he doesn't. Is he out of luck?

AT&T Slams AT&T. AT&T & Verizon File to Block Kushnick from the FCC's "Special Access" Data... Again.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.05.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

On October 15th, 2002 -- over 13 years ago -- AT&T filed a Petition with the FCC to investigate the "special access" services that are controlled by the "Bell" companies, now AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink.

Two-Year Cellphone Contracts Are Almost Dead. Here's Everything You Need To Know

AP | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 01.04.2016 | Technology

NEW YORK (AP) -- AT&T will no longer offer discounted phones with two-year contracts starting Jan. 8. Before you rush out to beat the deadline, c...

The Siam 7X Dual-Screen Smartphone: One Lonely Entrepreneur's Chase to Build It

Bill_Robinson | Posted 12.28.2015 | Business
Bill_Robinson

Starting and growing your own small business can be--and usually is--an agonizingly lonely activity.

Is America Overpaying for Internet & Broadband?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.22.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Time Warner Cable (TWC) just increased my Triple Play rates again. The original advertised price was $89.99. It is now a whopping $211 bucks - a 134 p...

Climate Change This Week: A Climate Treaty, Declining Water Supplies, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.15.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures -- not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

Hacking TV: #0021

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 12.14.2015 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

On this week's show... Big Telco's Verizon and AT&T double down on Over The Top TV... while Big Cable fights back with "Usage Based Billing". Uh oh --...

AT&T's Fiber Optic Construction Last Six Years -- $140 Billion, or One Slice of Pizza and "FiberHype"?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.13.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T has just announced yet another round of new plans to deploy fiber optic services in a slew of additional cities, what I now refer to as "FiberHyp...

'Webbmedia Group' Tickles Our Fancy With 2016 Trend Report"

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.10.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Artificial intelligence (AI) for news will become its own trend in 2016, according to a report released this week, although robot-assisted journalism ...

Exposing One of the Largest Accounting Scandals in American History

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.10.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Why is America not in the Top 20 in the world in wired or wireless broadband speeds? Why are America's communications prices higher than many other countries? Why is there no serious competition -- and how do we fix this mess?

The FCC's 'Big Freeze': 15 Years of Neglect

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.10.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

This story exposes one of the largest financial accounting scandals in American history and impacts all wireline and wireless phone, broadband, Internet and even cable TV/video services.

Why's America Broadband Speeds Are Beyond Embarrassing

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.07.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

We believe the future of communications in America is going to get worse, not better, unless we take some immediate actions.

US Court Will Hear Net Neutrality Challenge

AP | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 12.04.2015 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A long-running legal battle over government rules that require Internet providers to treat all Web traffic equally is back for ano...

Know Someone in Crisis? They Can Text For Help 24/7 via Crisis Text Line

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The Crisis Text Line is important to know about, especially this time of year. It's important to know that you're not alone and that there are lots of folks out there who want to listen to you, and who want to help.

I Want My Voice Mails Back, AT&T

Christopher Elliott | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
Christopher Elliott

Aylin Gaughan's attempt to upgrade to a new iPhone fails, but that's not the worst of it. Her voice mails are now missing. Can AT&T get them bac...

Verizon Has Filed Another Letter With the FCC to Block Our Access to "Special Access" Data

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon has decided that I should not see the information recently collected by the FCC about special access services. In fact, Verizon has added us ...

T-Mobile Dominates the Quarter

Michael R. Levin | Posted 11.03.2015 | Business
Michael R. Levin

CIRP finds that among major mobile phone companies, T-Mobile (including MetroPCS) and Sprint (including Boost Mobile) again had the best quarter, gaining new customers to a much greater extent than they lost existing customers.

Knowing Carly: From Corporate America to Political Ambitions

Thomas J. Lauria | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Thomas J. Lauria

The presidency is not a corporate CEOship where authority is checked only by the board and internal political foes. However this all plays out, I admire Carly for her tenacity; as she has demonstrated great balls. We just have to collectively decide if they belong in the White House.

Verizon Files a 'Me Too' Objection with the FCC: Block Kushnick's Access to the Special Access Data

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.23.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The FCC is finally making available a database of collected information about special access lines and services, which, according to the FCC, has hit $40 billion in revenues.